There are many things in our lives that we consider valuable. Valuable can be defined by having considerable monetary worth; costing or bringing a high price like a valuable painting. It can also be anything of considerable use, service, or importance like valuable information. We love our cars, our homes, our jewelry, and a whole array of belongings. We try to care for these items to ensure that we will have them for years to come. More and more it seems that we are very concerned about our “things”. I happen to think that it is our responsibility to take care of the things that we value. Today I want us to look at another definition of valuable. Valuable as in having qualities worthy of respect, admiration, or esteem: a valuable friend. Our lives are busy and it is sometimes hard to focus on what we treasure most. Today I challenge you to really ask yourself “Do the ones I say that I love know how valuable they are to me?”. We talk a lot about being good stewards of our money and of our time, but I am seeing that far to often we are not good stewards of the relationships God has placed in our lives. It is really as simple as getting back to the basics of love. We all have many people in our lives that we love. We also love them all in different ways. I love my husband differently than I love my children, and my children differently than my friends. I’m sure you get the point. Regardless of the kind of love you have for someone, it is still important that you convey it. Take a moment and think about how you convey your love to others. If you are not currently conveying a message that shows that you love and value those in your life, then it is up to you to change the delivery of your message. Start with some simple things like think before you speak. Are your words harmful or helpful? Do your words encourage? If you you aren’t good with words then start with a sticky note on the mirror or in a lunch box. While sometimes love is shown in a big display of flowers and gifts, it is more meaningful when each day the ones you love know without question how important they are to you. Spend real time with your loved ones. We all find our time to be valuable and it is important to be wise about how we spend it. I am certain that at then end of the day if you were able to convey your love then your time was well spent. In Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus makes his message very clear. 36 Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses? 37 Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord Your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important, Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” So today I ask that you just simply look at your relationships and honestly ask yourself what you can do to take care of what you find most valuable.
Matthew 10:31 So do not be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
Job 28:17 Wisdom is more valuable than gold and crystal. It cannot be purchased with jewels mounted in fine gold.
Proverbs 20:15 Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.
Proverbs 15:17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.
Proverbs 15:23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!